Course code: 20KFM00501
Dates: 23 Sep 2020 - 25 Jun 2021 (495 hours, 35 weeks)
Location: Online+ (Chelsea Centre)
Full fee: £5950 Student loan information

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The course is an intensive survey of millinery skills and industry preparation. This one-year programme is designed to give students the most in-depth experience in millinery in order to prepare them for a career in the industry.

The course consists of a series of projects covering different areas of millinery to develop varied technical skills and expand each students’ individual design creativity.

The course has a strong focus on design skills and developing independent working practices, and as such is appropriate for students with previous millinery experience.

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Areas covered during the course projects include:

  • specialist couture techniques,
  • theatrical millinery
  • occasion millinery
  • commercial millinery
  • cut-and-sew techniques
  • historical and contextual research
  • design development skills
  • block making
  • portfolio building
  • Professional practice.

Taught in a studio setting, with each student working independently with a high level of contact time with tutors. This is complemented by technical demonstrations, master classes, industry visits and presentations, and tutorials.

The tutors on the HNC course are all professional milliners and bring a wealth of diversity, skills, ideas, and to the development of different career pathways for each student.

There are a number of opportunities to take part in live industry projects and collaborations, as well as contact with industry experts throughout the year. The course culminates in an exhibition which attracts high levels of professional milliners and other industry employers.

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By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Develop design process skills including ideas generation, design development, contextual, historical and cultural research
  • Experiment with materials, processes and techniques, and visual communication
  • Understand technical areas of millinery including: theatrical millinery, commercial millinery
  • Cut, sew and pattern draft for couture and occasion millinery
  • Work with felt, straw, fabric, and nontraditional materials, flower making, dyeing, blockmaking, designing
  • Realise a fashion collection
  • Build on professional practice, branding and portfolio building using illustration, CAD, and social media.


Typical activities will take place in the format of direct teaching with tutor demonstrations, peer discussions, practical skill development and use of examples. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. At the start of the course you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals. i.e progression to another course.

Entry Requirements

Learners gain entry onto this course via interview. Learners should have previous millinery experience. Applicants with a variety of other Art & Design skills will be considered.